Autumn has arrived, trees are dropping their leaves, which have turned a burnt orange colour, days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer and the weather’s slowly changing into a crisp cold. Summer holidays and sunshine will be a distant memory as the next few months bring with it Halloween, Fireworks Night and my favourite time of the year Christmas!
Now’s the time to pack away your summer wardrobe and bring out your cosy jumpers, wooly socks, bobbly hats, scarves and gloves!
Below is my list of essentials to get through the wintery days ahead.
1. Footmuff for Pram
This was a purchase I made last winter and I have to say for days out it’s great. Instead of being laden down with blankets or overdressing baby K I would simply dress him as normal and zip him into his footmuff and know he wouldn’t be too hot.
I usually use a thick blanket to cover baby K at night but this year I’ve purchased a cot bed duvet. I’m hoping this will keep him warm enough at night without over heating
3. Fleece All in One
Being a working mum means I have to drop baby K off to my mums for 7am, this usually means waking him up and putting him in the car in his PJ’s and at 7am it can be pretty cold and bleak. So for those night where I put him to bed in his normal PJ’s I like to zip him up in a fleece onesie to make sure he’s nice and cosy in the car and it’s easier than faffing around with a jacket, hat and blanket.
The onset of winter means radiators are on for most of the day, so to stop the air in baby K’s room from drying out and causing him to cough I purchased a humidifier. Experts say that a humidifier can help your baby breathe easier and at night and prevents them from getting a dry, stuffy nose, it also stops their skin from drying. Most humidifiers also create a form of white noise which can help calm and soothe your baby to sleep.
This year I’ll be buying baby K a pair of UGGs, I live in mine during the winter months becuase they’re not only the most comfortable things ever but they keep your toots nice and toasty so why wouldn’t I get my little man a pair!
6. Wellies & Welly Socks
For the wetter days, and lets face it we get a lot of those here, it’ll be time to whip out the wellies and welly socks. Afterall puddles + toddlers = a muddy mess so you may as well avoid the screams when you’re trying to steer them away from the puddles and whack a pair of wellies on them.
Winter brings with it lots and lots of rain, especially here in the UK, which means it’s time to whip out those raincovers to make sure your little one stays nice and dry.
8. Fleece PJs
I like to stock up on fleece PJ’s for baby K over winter, you can find nice thick ones from Primark for cheap. I’m not sure about anyone elses child but mine likes to turn all over the place and tends to kick his covers off in the middle of the night, this way I can make sure he stays nice and cosy throughout the night.
9. Calpol Vapour Plug & Nightlight
I discovered this last year when baby K was a little bit ill and bunged up, I’m not a big fan of using Olbas oil or rubbing Vix on baby K so when I came across this handy little plug in I thought I’d give it a go. It contains a blend of aromatic oils including lavender, chamomile, menthol, camphor and eucalyptus, which once plugged in omits a mild menthol smell into the room which helps clear your child’s sinuses to help them get a good nights sleep.
10. Car Blanket
I always make sure I have a thick fleece blanket stashed in the car during winter, ready to keep baby K nice and toasty on our car journeys. It always comes in handy especially if we’re out a little bit later than usual and he falls asleep somewhere, I simply wrap him in his blanket and make a mad dash to the car!
What are your toddler winter must have items?